Ashton Applewhite

Yo, is this AGEIST?

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of  This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against AgeismAshton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the United Nations. She has been named as a Fellow by the Knight Foundation, the New York Times, Yale Law School, and the Royal Society for the Arts. In 2016, Ashton joined Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year.  Her work is a call to wake up to the ageism in and around us, embrace a more nuanced and accurate view of growing older, and push back against the forces that frame it as decline. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.